After diving the first day at Marsá Shoana, we motored overnight to a pair of pinnacle islands in the middle of the Red Sea: the Brothers. Big Brother has a lighthouse on it, built by the British in the late 1800's. The Egyptian Navy still maintains it, and lighthouse keepers rotate in for two month stints on this small bare island over 50 miles from any shore. Despite the lighthouse, accidents do happen, and there are two wrecks smashed against the side of Big Brother.
There were a LOT of liveaboards out at The Brothers, and our Captain wanted a good position at Little Bother, so we picked up and moved over to the smaller island before the fourth dive. I was amazed at how many dive boats had made the trip over from coastal Egypt, there were about a dozen between the two islands. It had been windy, with choppy and bouncy surface conditions, so getting in and out of the zodiac was somewhat nerve wracking. Fortunately late in the afternoon the winds died down, and our dive on the south side of Little Brother was delightful. We drifted for the first half, along the wall where hundreds of thousands of anthias darted in and out of the colorful corals. Squadrons of coronet fish escorted us: they'd hang out under my stomach or behind my shoulder, and when they saw something they wanted to eat they'd dart out and slam it against the reef to trap it. So many coronet fish were hunting like this it was quite comical. We'd try to shoo them away but they didn't scare easily and kept coming back.
During breakfast reports came in that the oceanic white tip was still around, so on our next dive we went looking for him and for some Napoleon wrasse. I spent most of the dive looking out into the blue for the shark, and was about to give up 50 minutes later when it appeared. It was near the surface, swam a loop in the middle distance, and then faded away into the blue again. I got a good look, though, it was like staring at the sharks in the Monterey Aquarium shark tank. We have two more dives scheduled for Little Brother. Thresher Sharks hang out here so we'll go look for one on the next dive. [We didn't see any, but that oceanic white tip cruised by again.] I'm going to call it a day after that: my ear is doing pretty well and I want to keep it that way. Tonight we will motor 100 miles south and slightly west to Daedalus Reef, which by all accounts should be spectacular.